Messi's buy-out clause remains valid and must be paid, LaLiga confirm
LaLiga released a statement in which they defended Barcelona's stance on Messi's contract and said that a player cannot be released unless his buy-out is paid.
There was no need for Barça to give their opinion on Leo Messi's contract. LaLiga has stepped in to clear up the matter by issuing a statement in which they clarify that even if Messi's contract is rescinded, the buy-out clause would still be valid and the player will not be able to leave until it is paid in full. LaLiga did not mention details of Messi' buy-out, although it is well known that it is set at 700 million euros.
LaLiga's statement on Messi's contract with FC Barcelona
1) The contract is currently in force and contains a buy-out clause which can be applied in the event that Lionel Messi were to decide to terminate it by unilateral decision, in accordance with Article 16 of the Royal Decree 1006/1985, of 26 June, which regulates the special working relationship of professional sportsmen and women.
2) In compliance with the applicable legal regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in such cases, LaLiga would not carry out the formal step of discharging the player until the amount stated in the aforementioned clause is deposited in full".
LaLiga back up Barcelona's argument on Messi contract
In any case, it looks likely that if Messi does not force his transfer, the matter will be settled in court, with the emphasis on being on the player's release clause, although FIFA would allow the player to play wherever he wishes until the legal process is resolved.